Unfortunately, a small-time local kingmaker had another candidate he preferred. “Teri,” he told me when he called to intimidate me into bowing out, “if you make us lose this appointment, you won’t have a future in politics.”
If we are not to implode, we’ve got to stop putting Bandaids on this thing. It’s not as much about the size of prisons and sentencing reform as it is about fixing people: adults who are already damaged, and prevent children from going down this road. Intervention and prevention. Now.
To the degree we solve this thing, our nation will endure. But look at the impacts of the opioid crisis, homelessness, anger. If we continue to do nothing it only gets worse.
“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”
Winston Churchill (November, 1936)
I’ve been mulling this over since 2004 when I visited San Quentin with my peers in Ag Leadership’s Class 34. While there I learned that
Woke up at 3:30 this morning. Couldn’t sleep. It seems America’s lost her way and things look pretty grim. But while they say seeing is
“A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.” Martin Luther King Jr. In recent years we’ve had our share (and then some) of violent